Risks of Amalgam Fillings and Mercury In Fillings for Edmonds Patients
Amalgam fillings are a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, copper and other trace metals. Here are the facts:
- The mercury in fillings is considered toxic even before it goes into the mouth.
- Amalgam fillings continually give off mercury vapor while in the mouth.
- Most municipalities in the United States require dental offices to treat the debris from the removal of amalgam fillings as hazardous waste.
It begs the question: if mercury in fillings is toxic before it goes into the mouth and if mercury is continually given off by amalgam fillings in the mouth, how can it possibly be considered safe to put in the mouth? Well, we don’t think it is, and that’s why we have practiced mercury-free dentistry for over 20 years at Edmonds Woodway Dental Care in Mountlake Terrace.
Our practice uses only tooth-colored filling material (composite resin and porcelain) to replace unsightly silver/mercury amalgam fillings.
Actual Patient of Dr. Hrankowski
Every year, it seems, we are exposed to higher and higher levels of environmental toxins. You can take control of your exposure to these toxins – and your health – by having your mercury amalgam fillings removed.
You owe it to yourself to explore what it might mean for you to be free of amalgam fillings. Call our mercury-free dentistry office in Mountlake Terrace, Washington today for a complimentary consultation if you are in the Edmonds area, including Shoreline.
Find out more about the risks of amalgam fillings.
What does mercury removal cost?
The cost of your treatment is dependent upon many factors such as the number of fillings requiring replacement, size of the replacement fillings, material chosen for the replacement fillings, among others. We promise you will always have a full estimate of the costs involved before any treatment is begun.
Will my dental benefits cover my treatment?
We will work with your dental benefit company to maximize any coverage you may have. Be advised, however, that in the absence of a dental need (broken tooth, broken filling, dental decay, etc.) your dental benefits may not cover some or any of your treatment. Usually benefit companies do not question claims for filling replacement if the replacement needed is another filling. When the tooth in question has an existing large filling, the tooth may not be able to support another filling. In situations where a tooth must be reinforced by a crown, your dental benefits may or may not apply.
But what if my medical doctor says removing my mercury fillings is a medical necessity? Then will my dental benefits cover the cost?
Sadly, no. Dental benefits are not “insurance” like your medical coverage is. Dental benefits are like a coupon or a rebate that may contribute toward the cost of a limited number of services under a limited number of circumstances – all determined by the contract language of the program your employer has purchased.
But what if my medical doctor says removing my mercury fillings is a medical necessity? If my medical doctor says it is a medical necessity, will my medical insurance cover the cost?
Again, sadly the answer is no. Regardless of whether you are seeking mercury removal due to serious mercury-related health issues or merely as a preventive, proactive measure, medical insurance companies do not recognize mercury filling removal as a “medical” procedure. Virtually all medical policies exclude anything to do with dental.
I’ve heard there are dietary supplements, medicines or chelation therapy that should be done in conjunction with having my amalgams removed. Does Dr. Hrankowski do those treatments?
Dr. Hrankowski is a dentist whose specialty is limited by law to treating oral conditions. He is not a medical doctor. He will work with your primary medical professional to insure you get the proper medical care, if needed. Our office can recommend a medical practitioner who is knowledgeable about mercury-related issues.
My friend had all of her amalgams removed and her dentist ordered a blood test to see what filling material should be used. Is that really necessary and if so, does Dr. Hrankowski do that test?
Blood tests for materials compatibility / sensitivity are generally reserved for those patients who have been diagnosed with bona fide multiple chemical sensitivities. For most patients interested in amalgam removal, this step is not necessary. When medically necessary or when specifically requested by the patient or the patient’s physician, Dr. Hrankowski can order blood to be drawn and sent to Clifford Consulting and Research for materials compatibility testing. http://www.ccrlab.com/